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Spring anime season 2021
Currently [3 episodes]
Scheduled [12 episodes]
I’ll be honest, I used to be a gymnast and spent about 14 years of my life dedicating myself to it. So any anime that touches on gymnastics pulls a special heartstring for me, so my opinions on this may be slightly biased- No. they WILL be somewhat biased. (But isn’t that everybody’s opinion?) anyways here are my first thoughts on Bakuten!!
I’d also like to say: I am no professional and this is just one person’s opinion
Note: Be aware of potential spoilers.
First off, Bakuten!! (Backflip!!) is an anime about a men’s rhythmic gymnastics team. It started out with 4 members and grew to 6, which is the maximum amount of members allowed on the mat, the routine lasts for about 2 and a half minutes and then is scored out of 10. The story follows Shoutarou Futaba and the men’s rhythmic gymnastics team at Ao High school as they all train towards a common goal. Animated by Studio ZEXCS.
My first thought when seeing the routine in the first episode made me feel a sense of nostalgia (like I said I am and will be biased) for my old tumbling days and definitely captured the awe and amazement of the Futaba (the main character) watches the Ao high school’s routine during a competition.Of course anybody who has never seen a gymnastics floor routine would definitely be impressed with what these men were doing, jumping and flipping at extreme heights that seem almost impossible as well as individual choreography that somehow doesn’t interfere with anybody else’s, saving from some nasty injuries.
Honestly, Futaba’s bright-eyed optimism isn’t something special and is just like the beginning of every other sport anime. Bakuten!! Doesn’t seem like it will overly stand out, or will be popular enough to have a lot of merchandise and fan art unlike certain sport anime.
*cough* Haikyuu, Free *cough*
But is a nice breath of fresh air to the other sport anime’s that focus on other sports, like football (soccer whatever you wanna call it) Rugby, Volleyball, Baseball and Swimming, which almost everybody knows the rules for.
Of course no sport anime is complete without a list of characters suited for all the fangirls. But for me knowing that my two favorite voice actors are involved in this anime is enough for me to go ~squee!
First we have Daisuke Ono, who voice the iconic Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) voiceing Shichigahama Masamune, the team’s captain. And Himono Shiro, who voiced characters such Dabi from My Hero Academia and Agatsuma Zenitsu from demon slayer, voicing Onagawa Nagayoshi, a laid-back member who gives out weird nicknames for everyone.
But don’t worry there is also the angry, delinquent-looking character for those of you who like bad boys. And for my smart refined lovers we got that covered too as well as the quiet and stand-offish genius and many more, just like any other sport anime.
My reccomendation is that, if you like sport anime but are sick of only watching the same sport all the time and want to branch out a little, Bakuten!! Seems like a good fit. It doesn’t seem like it will blow your mind, but will teach you a bit about rhythmic gymnastics and seems like it will keep you entertained. Whether it be, wacky nicknames or the on-going joke that the coach doesn’t actually have a wife, yet continues to speak about her.
This anime seems fun and engaging so I think I’ll be watching the all the 12 episodes, but probably won’t be watching any ONA’s or OVA’s that are released. But I could be wrong since Studio ZEXCS pulled out Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage) which was a banger so maybe this will be too.
Bandai America sent us the Evangelion Tamagotchi back in February to review and we want to share our first impressions of this highly anticipated manga/anime collaboration. Remember, this device has been ported over to North America, its programming is original and features the Japanese language. Here’s our first impressions of the device:
Packaging - Just like the Demon Slayer Tamagotchi, the packaging is much smaller than what you’re used to from the other Tamagotchi Nano’s released in North America. It’s merely five inches tall by almost three inches wide, it’s tiny! The design of the packaging is identical to the Other Tamagotchi Nano’s, it features that cardboard slip in the back, and translucent plastic in the front which showcases the Tamagotchi and its chain. Unlike the Demon Slayer Tamagotchi packaging, there are no graphics of the characters featured on the packaging, instead the packaging features some Japanese verbiage on the front and the emergency verbiage on the top. The back contains the usual regulatory information and Bandai America has placed a large sticker at the bottom to provide the United States legal disclaimers, battery information, and informs the customer of the Japanese verbiage while directing them to the English manual while the Japanese manual remains nestled inside the cardboard insert.
Build Quality - Like all Tamagotchi Nano’s, the device is solid! It’s the kind of Tamagotchi you won’t need to worry so much about if you drop it. If you haven’t had a device on the Tamagotchi Nano platform you should know that the device itself is very small, its only a bit larger than a quarter. It also features a rounded bottom so it does not sit flush on a table or flat surface. The paint featured on the front shell looks high quality and we wouldn’t worry too much about it rubbing off over time. We really love our purple Shinji shell with yellow buttons. The chain on this Tamagotchi is the traditional ball and chain link we’re all accustom to.
Screen - The Tamagotchi Nano platform features a higher resolution screen than the Tamagotchi Mini platform, so you’ll notice more pixels and details over the Mini. It is very important to note that the screen on these Tamagotchi Nano’s is recessed, its cute deep in the device and is very hard to photograph because of the reflection and necessary angle to capture a clear shot. We highly recommend a good ring light or excellent outdoor lighting to get a good picture. The larger Evangelion sprites on the screen make it really easy to see what’s going on at any given time.
Game Play - Raising from fetus, to cocoon, to up to twenty angels made this device extremely fun, not to mention all the training, and fighting off corruption! We really enjoy how this Tamagotchi kept us on our toes. Upon booting the Tamagotchi you’ll hatch a fetus which you’ll raise until it reaches the cocoon stage, from there you will soon after find yourself with an angel! Evolutions can occur during the cocoon stage for up to eight hours. We were able to raise a Sachiel, which means our cocoon incubation period was less than four hours. What makes this version to interactive is that you’ll need to constantly check if your angel is calling you, and complete missions! If your angel need energy you can feed them S2ENGINE or watermelon to increase their energy level and keep them strong.
The two mini games for this Tamagotchi live under the “Stimulation” menu, which is right below “Energy” for feeding. The two mini games allow you to train your angel to avoid corruption! “Battle Training” has you control the cursor with the “A” and “B” buttons to avoid the falling spears of Longinus and N2 bombs, you are basically avoiding falling objects. If you avoid falling objects ten times in a row, you’ll get a perfect score.
The second mini game is “Target Switch” where you’ll press the “A” or “B” button to move the target over the moving target on the screen. Once the two targets overlap in the center, you’ll advance to the next stage. A perfect score will be correctly aligning the targets fie times. It is important to note that you cannot play any mini-games, better known as “Stimulation” when your angel’s L.C.L. is corrupt, is in its cocoon stage, sleeping, while the A.T. Field is up, or before your angel’s death.
Periodically your angel will experience corruption of L.C.L., simply press the “A” button when you see the corruption graphic on screen to clean up the L.C.L. What’s really cool about this Tamagotchi is that the graphics are unique, for example the time screen has a unique few, and its even unique how you turn off the lights when your angel is sleeping.
Your angel will activate its A.T. Field when it is kept unhappy for a long period of time, so if you see this simply press the “A” button and it will disappear. This didn’t happen to us, but the longer it is on the A.T. Field screen the closer to death your angel is. There are 20 angels you can raise based on care, and they are all different types of angels, which makes this version super exciting. Each one has a rather unique look and can be achieved based on number of times you respond to attention calls, length of the cocoon stage, and number of mini-games played.
We are really enjoying the Evangelion Tamagotchi, and it's another killer collaboration. We think Bandai did a great job in merging the two communities and creating a captivating Tamagotchi. There are several shells to choose from and they’re all really adorable. If you’re an Evangelion fan this is the Tamagotchi for you!
More stuff in the reboot universe!
The Executives! When you know they’re coming you gotta look your best!
The bracelets come OFF!
Bandai America sent us the Demon Slayer Tamagotchi (specifically Zenitsutchi model) back in February to review and we want to share our first impressions of this highly anticipated manga/anime collaboration. Remember, this device has been ported over to North America, its programming is original and features the Japanese language. Here’s our first impressions of the device:
Packaging - The packaging is much smaller than what you’re used to from the other Tamagotchi Nano’s released in North America. It’s merely five inches tall by almost three inches wide, it’s tiny! The design of the packaging is identical to the Other Tamagotchi Nano’s, it features that cardboard slip in the back, and translucent plastic in the front which showcases the Tamagotchi and its chain. The demon slayer graphics are super cute and peak over the actual Tamagotchi itself on the front, and the back features a translated sticker placed by Bandai America over the Japanese verbiage. This sticker provides the usual legal disclaimers, battery information, and also notifies owners of the Japanese verbiage, and where to download the English manual.
Build Quality - Like all Tamagotchi Nano’s, the device is solid! It’s the kind of Tamagotchi you won’t need to worry so much about if you drop it. If you haven’t had a device on the Tamagotchi Nano platform you should know that the device itself is very small, its only a bit larger than a quarter. It also features a rounded bottom so it does not sit flush on a table or flat surface. The paint featured on the front shell looks high quality and we wouldn’t worry too much about it rubbing off over time. Now our favorite part, and most unique part of this device is the colors of the shell. Our Zenitsutchi shell features orange in the front, and brown in the back. This dual color Tamagotchi Nano is unique to the Demon Slayer Tamagotchi, and we must say we love this look. That’s not all! The Demon Slayer Tamagotchi’s also feature a unique and beautiful chain like nothing you’ve seen on prior Tamagotchi versions. It features larger rectangular links separated by smaller circular links. It’s a beautiful chain design, but the only flaw it that it is not as flexible as the other ball type chains.
Screen - The Tamagotchi Nano platform features a higher resolution screen than the Tamagotchi Mini platform, so you’ll notice more pixels and details over the Mini. It is very important to note that the screen on these Tamagotchi Nano’s is recessed, its cute deep in the device and is very hard to photograph because of the reflection and necessary angle to capture a clear shot. We highly recommend a good ring light or excellent outdoor lighting to get a good picture. The larger Demon Slayer sprites on the screen make it really easy to see what’s going on at any given time.
Game Play - Unique game play, which we LOVE! Let’s be honest, this is NOT the first Tamagotchi Nano so we are glad that Bandai focused on making it unique for the devoted Demon Slayer fans! After booting up the Tamagotchi, and setting the time, you’ll join the Demon Slayer Corps once approved which will allow you to get your uniform.
You’ll start off with Mizunoto that you’ll take care of for 24 hours, and you’ll need to not only feed Mizunoto but also practice training, and complete missions through the day, even at night! This Tamagotchi kept us on our toes, we were constantly fighting off demons!
The mini games are actually trainings in this device. You are able to train by splitting stones where you have to align the sword in the center of the stone and split five stones for a perfect score. The second training is gourd breaking, where you simply press the “A” button for 15 seconds as many times as you can and build the strength to break the gourd! Lastly, you can train with medicated water, where you press both the “A” or “B” buttons as they are displayed on the screen.
Depending on the training you provide to Mizunoto determines which character you’ll get! Several Demon Slayer characters are featured and an be raised. You’ll also need to make sure you keep your eyes glued to this Tamagotchi between the missions, and recent reports where you will sometimes see the Kasugai Crow that will bring you a report from something happening elsewhere. You can review the report to stay informed. The gamification of this version really keeps it entertaining.
We are really enjoying this collaboration. Both Demon Slayer and Tamagotchi have huge followings, and this is truly a win for both communities! We really enjoyed training our Mizunoto, watching the evolutions, and completing missions frequently. This collaboration is really interactive and and is bringing Demon Slayer fans into the Tamagotchi community everyday. Not to mention there are plenty of shells to choose from (and more coming). Be sure to get your hands on this adorable collaboration because they won’t be around for too long and you won’t want to miss our on a piece of collaboration history!
Eclipse gon give it to ya!
OverShadowing the competition. Heh heh
The versatile artist First Impressions is making it to the top this season with his latest song "Wishing Moments" on Spotify.
Well let’s set my blog on for the next 5 entries, and like I said, two members of the “Big Five” will also be in this blog.... Well first to Estonia.
Well, when looking at the video... I guess cute looking men entirely submerged have become a new technique after Duncan’s victory? Okay, unlike Duncan this guy was not naked. I’ve never been really fond of copying previous winners, but after Abba’s victory two-men-two-women-groups were quite popular for awhile and Bucks Fizz even proved this copy could even lead to another victory, but overall, I’ve never been fond of it. The song itself is not really interesting, which is a pity as I hear a vocally strong singer. Maybe I’m just biased after seeing a copy of a previous winner in the video, so perhaps I need to listen to this a few more times
I like the introduction. The looks of the group already implied this would be a rather hard rock or even metal like performance. They have become quite popular since Lordi’s victory and Finland appears to have quite a love for the harder kind of music. Although I still like Lordi better, this is certainly not bad. As a matter of fact, this is one of the better entries in this genre. This is really a kind of track that I would like to listen to multiple times, and a track that does the genre justice. A winner? No, I don’t think so (I must be honest), but I’m glad a good hard rock song is finally contributed to the Eurovision again, as that was really about time.
And from Finland all the way to La Douce France. A country I’ve visited so much that despite my poor understanding of the French language, feels like a second home to me, but I’ll judge the song and not the country. And of course, this is the first member of the Big Five. I will try not to judge those entries different than the other entries, but give the fact that these countries don’t perform in the semi, does influence the results... Or maybe I’m just seeing things.
Time to start the video!
I’m not sure how well this will do. I like what I hear, but I must admit, I do like a nice French chanson every now and then. This is a hard song to listen to, and since I must really read the lyrics in order to get a bit of understanding them, I am not sure how well this would do. Despite my poor mastery over the French language I am at least listening, and I can really close my eyes to listen to this and lock out all else. I like this... I like this a lot... But what I like is of little significance, as I am just one viewer, and given the fact that this is also a Big Five entry, I wonder....
We are not talking about a country bordering to Russia, not about one of the states of the U.S.A. 😜😁
Hmmm, nice intro... Interesting voice. The melody doesn’t really capture me though. I get a bit distracted by the strong and outstanding bass and percussion, during the chorus. Hard one for me to judge.
Und jetzt werden wir nach Deutschland gehen. And that is the second member of The Big Five, and the last country on my list for today.
Okay, nice one to get my attention with that video of people being bored in a laundry service where the singer brings a bit of joy. The song is not that special but very playful and catchy and I couldn’t resist dancing a bit to it and get a smile on my face. Jendrik, wenn du nicht gewinnen haben wir allen doch viel Spass gemacht, und villeicht das war wichtiger? Nein? And that’s all for today folks! I’ll be back soon with another roll of five first impressions!
3D-rendered Freedom Fighters!
Feeling the Burn
Drowning for shinies!
Robots eating animals for dinner...?